Visiting Stanford & San Francisco

Austrian students enjoy their first week in California

Well, the beautiful California weather is not showing itself to our guests from Austria. Luckily we did not have any rain on Wednesday when we toured Stanford, and Thursday was beautiful walking around in San Francisco.

Stanford visit

We started out in down town Palo Alto, and got a great tour of the Police station. Our guide was a lot of fun and the Austrian students got to sit in a police car, turn the lights on, and have their picture taken on a police motor cycle. The policeman also gave the students some tips on how to stay safe in San Francisco. We then went into Stanford University, and saw the Memorial Quad, the Church, and the Museum. We ended the day with some free time at the Stanford shopping center to eat lunch and do a bit of shopping.

Seeing San Francisco

Everyone was thrilled to be going to San Francisco on Thursday. Thanks to all the American host parents, we were at the station on time for our train. We filled up the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) car, as you can see in the photo. We enjoyed Yerba Buena Gardens, especially the Martin Luther King Memorial. Next the students gathered for the official orientation, under our first blue skies of the week, and then we went on to see the city.

Chinatown and Cable Car Museum

We discussed the history of San Francisco briefly while we gathered in Union Square. We happened to be there on St. Patrick’s day, ask your student if they saw the Irish Dancers. So many people were wearing silly green hats and necklaces! Then we went up into china town, the largest in the U.S. It truly is like stepping into another country. We saw fortune cookies being made! The cable car museum was 2 short blocks from China town, so we went to see the machinery that keep the cables running under the streets of San Francisco. You can see the gears behind the students in the photo.

Rainy Friday bus tour

Friday we had a bus tour of San Francisco. Unfortunately the rain started early in the morning and continued throughout the day. We walked around in the Japanese Tea Garden, and stopped for photos at the Pacific Ocean and on the Golden Gate Bridge. However the rain and wind were strong enough that we decided we should not walk across the Golden Gate Bridge. We looked at Haight Ashbury, and drove past the original Mission San Francisco and Mission Dolores.

The upcoming week

I am hoping that the clouds will go away now so that our students will be able to see some better weather. According to the weather predictions, Tuesday should have variable clouds with a shower, and Wednesday cloudy but only a chance of rain. These are the two days we will be in San Francisco. Monday the students will be attending a local high school with the host families’ son or daughter.

Thanks for reading this. I will write again soon!

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